Nagara is an Azerbaijani folk percussion musical instrument, a type of a drum. Translated from Arabic, the word “nagara” means “tapping”. The nagara, with its powerful sound dynamics, allows achieving different colour tones. Based on the dimensions, the Azerbaijani nagara is divided into large, medium and small drums. There is a “nagara” in the form of a cylinder – koltuk nagara (literally – underarm drum). The Azerbaijani nagara is played with one or two hands, drumsticks are used in certain types of folklore. Playing on a large nagara is characterised by rhythmic and dynamic diversity, often accompanied by rhythmic dance. It is used in traditional folklore rituals and dramatised folk plays.